How do I get me 3.5yo to sleep in his own room?

Sheiliane - posted on 01/19/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




I have three children two daughters ages 16 and 12, and a son who is 3.5, when they were born they all slept with me, but it is hard for me to break the boy from sleeping with me, I have tried decorating his room, sleeping in his room with him, and nothing works.


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Kathy - posted on 01/19/2011




We had the same problem with our son. We made the rule that he had to go to bed in his room but if he woke up in the night he could come in our room. He had to make a bed on the floor but he could come in. We made sure he actually fell asleep in his room and slept for awhile. We did this routine for quite a long time but eventually he started sleeping longer and longer in his bed (floor isn't all that comfortable). Finally he got to the point he was sleeping all night in his room. We did go through a faze where he slept on the floor in his room but hey, he slept in his room. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 01/19/2011




both my daughters sleep in their own room (ages 1 1/2, and 3 years). the oldest use to sleep in the same room as me and wouldnt fall asleep unless i was in the bed with her. when i decided it was time for her to sleep on her own, i made her sleep in her own bed in the same room as me. then eventually moved her to her own room. you just have to figure out a way that works... try reading a bedtime story, saying prayers (if you do that), turn on a night light, kiss good night and walk out. if all else fails, try ignoring the cries and tell him if he choses to fuss then he gets no light and the door will be shut. my daughters sleep in the dark with the door mostly shut. my youngest daughter never had a problem... btw they share a room

Louise - posted on 01/19/2011




If you have tried the soft approaches then you are going to have to go the tough love route. I have seen this done on supernanny several times and it seems to work. let your son choose a teddy to take to bed and then no matter how many times he gets up you firmly tell him to stay in his own bed and take him back to bed. This on the first night seems relentless but on night two it should be less frequent and by night three he should of got the message. Be prepared to be knackered so get your girls to have him in the afternoon so you can get some sleep. Once he has got the message normal sleeping hours will be resumed!

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